About 1,500 people had gathered there to adequately receive their heroes – and above all to celebrate. One of the supporters was Rostock Mayor Claus Ruhe Madsen, who was there the night before as a fan with around 100 other Seawolves supporters in Jena. “It was your turn,” Madsen told fans outside the town hall.
Captain of the sea wolves Jost is overwhelmed
Shortly after 19 it was time: the team took to the stage to a frantic applause. Captain Michael Jost admitted in an interview with NDR that he could not yet accomplish all of this. “I feel like I’m still in the game like it’s only been ten minutes,” said the 33-year-old.
Looking at the many happy Seawolves fans, he added, “This scenario here – you just have to enjoy it. You don’t get it often in life. They’re just happy, people. It’s great. It makes you feel good a little bit of tears.”
Dramatic last seconds in Jena
Tears of joy had fallen the night before. What a drama it was in the moment of absolute crisis! On Thursday there were still a good four seconds on the game clock, the Rostockers were behind with 74:76, even though they had previously been leading for a long time. Tyler Nelson caught the ball, turned and shot his shot from well behind the three-point line in the basket – 77:76! The Seawolves players crossed the running field, hugged the approximately 100 fans who had traveled with them, danced and celebrated, before the referees intervened.
There were still 0.2 seconds left. Then line up again. In the certainty that Jena would not be enough to fight back again. That’s how it went, the 3-1 win in the “best of five” semifinal series for the North Germans was perfect and the starting signal for the Rostock promotion party was given a second time.
Seawolves coach Held: “Tyler delivered”
“In the end, of course, he is also a bit lucky that such a shot falls,” said one visibly mistreated player. Christian Held, Rostock coach. “But Tyler delivered.” The team structure is intact and the team believed in themselves until the end: “Tyler had problems in the series, but now he has made such a game. That’s exactly what this team is.”
The Seawolves coup did not escape the attention of politicians in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania either. Rostock Mayor Claus Ruhe Madsen traveled to Jena with him and celebrated the victory with a Seawolves jersey in the fan block. Sport Minister Stefanie Drese congratulated on behalf of the state government: “The promotion is the preliminary culmination of this extraordinary development of the club. It is sporting history and represents a milestone for basketball in our country,” said the SPD politician. , praising the Seawolves’ performance.
Jena takes the lead seconds before the end
To Jena it didn’t seem like such a drama in a long time. The Seawolves have kept the game completely under control for a long time and were now ten points ahead. But the hosts arrived in the final quarter and 45 seconds before the final siren suddenly took the 74:72 lead – for the first time in the match. Momentum spoke for the hosts until Nelson caught the ball and made Rostock BBL’s dream come true.
In the play-off final of the second division championship, the Mecklenburgers will now meet the Tigers Tübingen next Monday (19:30). The return match will therefore take place on 21 May. Both finalists are eligible to advance, but only the Seawolves have applied for the BBL license.